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Would I be able to balance my work, family and life as an airline pilot?
Pilot Career - Becoming a Pilot
Sunday, 01 May 2011 14:45

A day in the life of an airline pilot

Hi Captain Lim

Before I ask my question, I would quickly like to say how much I appreciate what you have set up here on the internet. This question based forum has really helped answer many of my questions about being in the aviation industry. Many thanks!

Before I go to start studying to earn the required licenses/qualifications to being a pilot with an airline, I thought that I'd look for opinions and guidelines from other professional pilots about how to balance life activities. I am currently thinking about enrolling in aviation because I've been interested/amazed at flying for the past 8 years (I'm currently 18 years old now). As I understand, being a pilot at first requires a huge amount of time and that the amount of time away slowly decreases as your career progresses very far.

However is it reasonable to think that one day if I gain the required qualifications, will I be able to hold my job as an airline pilot, have a family including children and maintain a slot in my life for a passionate hobby of mine which is to write music?

I suppose a way of further refining my question would be to ask, would I be able to take my hobby with me (just a laptop and instrument) so that I could use my spare time at the destination?

I understand you have a huge amount of questions to go through, so many thanks to you for reading!



Hi Brad,

Whether you would have a balanced life for your family and work would depend on the airlines you are flying with. It is a regional, low cost or the legacy long haul airlines?

Generally, airline pilots in the legacy airlines typically spend a lot of time away from home. When you are scheduled to work it usually means you would be away from home for two to four nights a week. If you are starting a family, this can become quite onerous. The advantage is that you have more time off than most other professions. A typical airline pilot works 15 days a month as compared to the 20 days for a normal office worker.

If you are working for low cost or regional airlines, you would be away less but you would probably work harder. However, this would taper off if you gained seniority in the company. In any case, you would have time off for your family and your hobby. Again this would depend on if you love this profession and whether your initial sacrifice is worth it.

As for me, I have no regret choosing this career and I find it very fulfilling and satisfying.

I wish you all the best in your choicealt.

Who said work is Boring?


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how t be a pilot...??
hai kapten lim,
i would ask you about how to be a pilot...
next month 3rd jun im going to phillipines to take a flying course... is that kolej is recognise and can i be a comersial pilot there n would i get job after i finiz my studies...
thank you,
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